There might finally be some good agricultural news after last month's winter storm, Uri. According to Hill Country peach growers, the freeze that hit the area in mid-February arrived before the trees started forming buds. This means this year's peach crop shouldn't be affected by the storm.
Now that more typical weather has returned to the area, growers are pruning trees, planting new ones and treating them with a protective spray that keeps winter pests at bay. Peaches need a certain amount of ‘chill hours’, so having a prolonged cold spell before budding could help this year's crop.
In the days after the storm, Terri Vogel from Vogel Orchard posted: "The trees appear healthy and the buds are receiving very efficient final winter chill which should result in a strong bud setting."
Growers in the area say that if the winter weather had come just a few weeks later or if the cold would have come without the precipitation, the crop would have suffered. But for now, growers like Vogel will prepare for what looks like a busy peach season. Some growers in the area also have vegetable crops they sell at farm stands, as well as pick-your-own strawberries, all of which seem to have survived the freeze.
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